COVID-19: External Resources for Crisis Help, Coping Tools


Here are several external resources Columbia students may use to get help during crisis:

NYC Well

Speak with a professional or peer counselor for confidential, non-judgmental emotional support, suicide prevention, crisis support and help to access mental health and substance abuse care. Available 24/7 in more than 200 languages.

  • Call: 1-888-NYC-WELL or 1-888-692-9355
  • Text: Text WELL to 65173

Crisis Text Line

Connect with a Crisis Counselor — a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem solving. Available 24/7.

Text: Text HOME to 741741

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Available 24/7.

  • Call: 1-800-273-8355
  • TTY: 1-800-799-4889

Trevor Project for LGBTQ Students

Provides crisis intervention for students age 25 and under who identify as LGBTQ. Support on a variety of issues affecting emotional well-being, including for concerns not directly related to identifying as LGBTQ. Available 24/7.

  • Call: 1-866-488-7386. 
  • Chat online
  • Text: TREVOR to 202-304-1200

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Highly-trained advocates are available to talk/chat confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.

  • Call: 1-800-799-7233
  • Text: LOVEIS to 22522
  • Chat


Here is a short list of popular resources. These are not sponsored by Columbia, but you may find them helpful:  

  • Ten Percent Happier offers meditations, podcasts, blog posts and talks about practical, actionable ways of coping with stress, fear and anxiety. Ten Percent Happier also offers an app and a podcast.  
  • Mindfulness Daily helps you develop a mindful daily routine with prompts to initiate mindfulness in the morning, during the day and at night.
  • Insight Timer offers more than 8,000 free guided meditations, 1,000 music tracks, polyphonic bells and ambient sounds, and stats/journaling to help you track your progress.

To find even more coping tools and resources, visit Columbia Health.